Research and scholarship are central to all of the Museum’s activities, including the development of collections, exhibitions, publications and programs. This research is wide ranging and includes Australian history and experience, collection care, and museology, particularly in the areas of audience evaluation, outreach and community engagement.
Research in the Museum is supported by the Curatorial Centres, Research Fellowships, Associate Programs, the Research Library and research partnerships. Museum staff regularly publish and give presentations on our research activity.
Ideas, research and scholarship underpin all our work.
Our curatorial centres drive a bold exploration of ideas and public engagement that connect the Museum and its collection to profound questions in Australian and global life.
Dr Martha Sear
Martha Sear is the Head of Curatorial Centres. As an historian and curator her work has focused on rural life, the environment, and international exhibitions.
The Head of Curatorial Centres leads and coordinates the work of the team, including the research program, partnerships, ideas generation and development of the overall museum experience.
Email enquiries about our curatorial centres to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Swayn Senior Fellow in Australian Design is a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia, the Alastair Swayn Foundation and The Swayn Gallery of Australian Design. The Fellowship program has a vision to increase public awareness and connection to design, through collections, collaborations, exhibitions, events and research and will establish the Swayn Centre for Australian Design in 2022.
ARC collaborative research projects
Museum researchers are participating in collaborative research and development projects including these Australian Research Council projects:
- Conviction Politics: Investigating the Convict Routes of Australian Democracy
- Understanding Australia in the age of humans: Localising the Anthropocene. Everyday Futures
- Heritage of the Air
- Return, reconcile, renew: Understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future. Repatriation at the Museum
- Restoring dignity: Networked knowledge for repatriation communities. International repatriation workshop blog post
- DomeLab: An ultra-high resolution experimental fulldome
- The relational museum and its objects
- A new theory of Aboriginal Art. The Conquistador, the Warlpiri and the dog whisperer on ABC RN